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Their season ended nearly a month ago, yet the Wizards haven’t removed Wittman’s tag. Some big-name coaches are available, including Van Gundy, Jerry Sloan, Mike D’Antoni and Nate McMillan. Maybe the team is waiting for Indiana Pacers assistant Brian Shaw.

I guess Wittman is a fallback guy, but the Wizards need to quit thinking like that.

• How NFL owners could be so brazen.

Union lawyer Jeffrey Kessler said he was “stunned” and “shocked” when officials openly talked about Washington and Dallas not following the league’s script in 2010, a year with no salary cap. Those comments led the players to file a collusion lawsuit.

The owners might win anyway, but they’ll keep their mouths shut next time.

• How the Celtics can beat Father Time.

Boston knows how to defeat the Philadelphia 76ers. Mustering the wherewithal is another story. Neither team has won two consecutive games in this series, which would bode well for Boston on Friday in Game 7. But the Sixers definitely look faster, fresher and stronger.

I think the Celtics’ “Big 3” are about to go down for the count.

• Why the Capitals can’t find a happy medium.

They were one of the NHL’s most exciting teams — freewheeling and high-scoring — under Bruce Boudreau. They were one of the NHL’s most tranquilizing teams — zone-clogging and shot-blocking — under Dale Hunter. Neither model advanced past the second round.

We just want progress from the next coach, not one extreme or another.

• Why the Thunder ended their watch parties.

The sight of 6,000 fans watching OKC’s playoff games on a large screen affixed to the arena’s exterior was way cool … until someone pulled a gun Monday and started shooting after the Thunder eliminated the Lakers. Now the pregame festivities will end at tip-off.

I hope city officials reconsider and don’t let one fool spoil everyone’s fun.

• How RG3’s transition could be any smoother.

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